Henry Moore works on display

August 27, 1998|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The Elizabeth Myers Mitchell Gallery on the campus of St. John's College in Annapolis begins its 1998-1999 season of exhibits tomorrow when it spotlights 27 prints and five small sculpture models (called maquettes) crafted by the British artist Henry Moore.

"The Sculptor's Line: Henry Moore Prints and Maquettes" will be on display at the gallery through Oct. 10.

Moore, who lived from 1898 to 1986, is best known for his abstract sculptures in bronze, wood and stone. In such works, he drew his inspiration from primitive sculptures, such as those found in Mexico.

The pieces displayed in this exhibit -- including the prints -- reflect Moore's fascination with the human form. "Reclining Women IV," a 1981 lithograph, and "Six Reclining Figures" are examples of his sensitivity to the contours of the human figure.

Other works, his "Lullaby Sleeping Head," for example, show his adeptness at conveying light and shadow.

The artist also was fascinated by animals, as expressed in the images of elephant skulls, sheep and animal bones that are part of the exhibit.

This show, organized by the Elvehjen Museum of Art of the University of Wisconsin, is a fitting tribute to Moore as one of a number of exhibitions around the world this year to commemorate the centenary of his birth.

The opening reception for "The Sculptor's Line" will be held from 3: 30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 13.

Information: 410-626-2556.

Pub Date: 8/27/98

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